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Chill Out, Josey! (Josey, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – November 13, 2007

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In her faith-based romantic sequel to Everything’s Coming Up Josey, Warren picks up with Josey Anderson, née Berglund, as a young newlywed. Josey longs to live an ordinary life in her hometown of Gull Lake, Minn., but her husband, Chase, loses his job and accepts a new one in Russia (unbelievably not telling her about the first or asking her about the second). Josey finds herself mostly alone and pregnant in Russia, listening to a friend lecture, "Did it ever occur to you, Josey, that God sent you here not because Chase needs you, but because you need God?" The secrets Josey and Chase keep from one another are appalling, and it’s a stretch to believe Josey keeps her pregnancy under wraps as long as she does. The numerous references to the "Proverbs 31 Woman," even in jest, will fatigue even the most devoted Christian reader. A side theme of adoption and orphanages in Russia is intriguing, and might have merited more page space, and a peanut butter cottage industry provides humorous moments. Readers who like liberal doses of faith in their fiction, newlywed wranglings, and lots of details about clothes (even bad clothes that don’t fit) and food might enjoy Warren’s latest.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Steeple Hill (November 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373785852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373785858
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Growing up in Minneapolis and attending the U of MN, I learned to love city life, although I'm a woodsy girl at heart. Or maybe I'm an adventurer -- having lived and traveled all over the world, including Siberia Russia as a missionary for eight years. Probably that's why my characters can't sit still, and seem to get into one scrape after another -- they're too much like me! I love God, my family, my country, my church, and feel privileged every day to be able to write stories.

Here's my "Official" Bio.

With over 1 million books sold, critically acclaimed novelist Susan May Warren is the Christy, RITA and Carol award-winning author of over forty-five novels with Tyndale, Barbour, Steeple Hill and Summerside Press. Known for her compelling plots and unforgettable characters, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic-suspense, thrillers, rom-com and Christmas novellas.

With books translated into eight languages, many of her novels have been ECPA and CBA bestsellers, were chosen as Top Picks by Romantic Times, and have won the RWA's Inspirational Reader's Choice contest and the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award. She's a three time RITA finalist and an eight time Christy Finalist.

Of her books, Publisher's Weekly has written, "Warren lays bare her characters' human frailties, including fear, grief, and resentment, as openly as she details their virtues of love, devotion, and resiliency. She has crafted an engaging tale of romance, rivalry, and the power of forgiveness."

And Library Journal adds, "Warren's characters are well-developed and she knows how to create a first rate contemporary romance..."

Susan is also a nationally acclaimed writing coach, teaching at conferences around the nation and winner of the 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers Mentor of the Year award. She loves to help people launch their writing careers and is the founder of www.MyBookTherapy.com and www.LearnHowtoWriteaNovel.com, a writing website that helps authors get published and stay published. She's also the author of the popular writing method, The Story Equation.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christina Lockstein on January 21, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Chill Out Josey by Susan May Warren is the sequel to Everything's Coming Up Josey and picks up shortly after Josey's marriage to Chase. Josey is planning her happily ever after to Chase with a cute two story Cape Cod and 2.3 kids with a dog named Boo when Chase drops a bomb on her: he lost his job and has taken one in Russia. She's determined to be the Proverbs 31 wife and so does what she can to be his helpmeet. But God has some surprises in store: Josey's pregnant and Chase wants to do his job on his own, leaving Josey to find her own way in Moscow. I love Josey; she's a funny, brutally honest narrator. Even when she's struggling to make Chase happy, the reader knows the cost on her and her faith. Her confessions of weakness and need to succeed make her easily relatable and a good friend. Most women can relate to her frustration with weight gain during pregnancy and seeing all of Chase's size 2 co-workers. Warren focuses on a single verse again in this book. This time it's Ephesians 3: 18-19 May have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Josey comes to learn just how deep God's love is, and how keeping secrets in a marriage can (almost) destroy it. I love Warren's style of writing. She teaches while entertaining and creates characters that you want to visit again and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Buyer on January 21, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Susan May Warren writes a humorous, heartwarming story that almost every woman can relate to with the all-consuming worries and envy over body image, how to handle and live harmoniously with a new husband, while all the time learning to "experience God's love in a new way."

This story was a joy to read. The best part for me was Josie's down-to-earth voice. The author didn't candy coat Josie's feelings to fit into what a "good" Christian is supposed to say or feel rather the reader is privy to Josey true emotions making Josey a fully dimensional character.

Another fascinating aspect of this book is the Russian scenery seen through Josie's eyes. Reading how the country had changed since Josie's first missionary trip was captivating.

I look forward to traveling to Siberia with Josey and her family in the next installment in this series: Get Cozy, Josey.
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Don't read this book in public. All of the snickering and snorting will draw attention to yourself, and you won't be able to hold it back. I read about four pages of this book to my son the other night (while we were waiting to start a game) and even he (Mr. Serious) starting rolling in laughter with me. Josey is such a great character. Her thoughts were hilarious and her antics were totally nuts. But she tries so hard you've gotta love her. She is a bit naive, though, when it comes to some things, but fortunately the trust she places in people is not destroyed. You have to love someone who cares as much she does, right? Isn't that what makes her so adorable? I think so.

Josey had funny names for people that will make you laugh, but she is descriptive without sounding mean, and I loved that. She referred to the Russian women (who worked with her husband) as the underfeds because they were so thin compared to her. And when she starts going through her internal pregnancy thoughts (like comparing herself to a manatee) make sure your mouth is empty or you'll spew food on your book. Trust me, this story is a keeper. You won't want to ruin it.

I especially enjoyed one of the key props in this book. Josey referred to them using a pet name, scary pants. There is a whole lot of subtle meaning that goes in to that clothing item. Brilliantly done! Personally, I think this author is most gifted in writing funny chick lit. I hope Josey's legacy continues or I'll be one sad reader. Of all of the books I've read in the past year, this is by far the most amusing, but it also had some profoundly insightful moments that were a natural part of the storyline.

Lest you think you will get only humor from this book, let me set you straight now.
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By Melanie Dickerson on January 14, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
How I love this author's Russian stories. This one is no exception.

If you read Everything's Coming Up Josey, you already know about Josey's adventures as an inexperienced missionary in Russia. You also know she finds true love with her childhood friend, Chase. Chill Out, Josey follows her back to Russia when Chase--now her new husband--loses his job and decides to take a job out of state--way out of state. Not exactly what Josey had envisioned for her first year of marriage. In fact, she's already looking at a cute little house for them to buy so they can settle down, get a dog, and start a family. Too bad Chase doesn't share her vision. But something happens that neither of them expect when Josey finds out, the day before they are to leave for Russia, that she's--gulp--expecting.

Thus begins a great story of love, humor and misadventure as Josey tries her hardest to be the Proverbs 31 wife. Oh, how she longs to "surpass" as a wife. I guess her first mistake was forgetting to turn off the water and accidentally flooding the apartment of the Mayor of Moscow. Yikes. Not good. But in the end, Josey does manage to "surpass" even her younger sister, the model of the perfect wife and mother, who knows how to make kringle and fresh bread, while Josey can barely cook anything without starting a fire and summoning the fire department.

The ending is perfectly funny. I think it liked it even more than the first Josey book. I highly recommend it.
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